Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Proverbs 26: Perils of the Fool and the Lazy

Proverbs 26: Perils of the Fool and the Lazy
Read verses 1, 4-5, 6-7, 8, 11, 13, 17, 20, 23-26

I do not wish these rhymes of mine to steal your joy or waste your time.
They do not flow from my feeble mind; they are God’s truths restated, outlined.

God’s Truth is inspired by His Spirit; light and life to those who hear it,
Clear and sharp as a double-edged sword, nourishing all who serve our Lord.

These proverbs cite the lazy fool and how he should be regarded,
Important truths to add to our life and not to be discarded.

As snow is not for summer months and rain when gathering the crops,
Honor given to a fool is a pig in the beauty shop.

Don’t stoop to argue with a fool, you will look as dumb as he is.
Be sure to expose his imprudent ideas or he will become conceited.

To trust a fool to convey a message is choosing to cut off your feet.
Would you send a man with a paralyzed leg out into the street?

Placing your trust in the hands of the fool is like tying a rock to your sling.
When you attempt to hurl the rock, a lump to your head it will bring.

The lazy person shouts aloud, “There’s a lion out on the road.”
Instead of working he stays at home, slothful as a toad.

Like a door that swings on its hinges until it finally stops dead,
So the lazy, lacking ambition, rolls over and stays in bed.

Sticking your nose in another man’s fight may seriously limit your years,
For that decision is about as smart as yanking a big dog’s ears.

The fire goes out when there is no fuel; of gossip the same is true.
If you would know peace and satisfaction, be sure the gossip’s not you.

Smooth words may hide a wicked heart like glaze on a fired pot.
I have seen the man who spoke smooth words desiring a  higher spot.

Hatred for a time is concealed and scheming undisclosed.
Be warned my friend, the day will come when the truth will be exposed.

Here is the thought that comes to me as I read these proverbs true:
O how I want to be like my LORD in all that I say and do!

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